Florida is finally ordering all residents to stay home to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday.
“It makes sense to make this move now,” he said, of the order taking effect at midnight and in place for the next 30 days.
For weeks, Democratic lawmakers, newspaper editorials and others have criticized the lack of a statewide order as especially risky.
The move by DeSantis, a Republican ally of President Donald Trump, comes hours after U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said in a TV interview that national guidelines essentially mean there is a “stay-at-home order” for everyone in the country.